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Dead of Night
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Alan Ormsby (written by)
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Release Date:
30 August 1972 (USA) See more »
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See the Shattering Suspense From the Start! See more »
Plot:
A young man killed in Vietnam inexplicably returns home as a zombie. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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superior horror/shock film from talented cult director Bob Clark See more (64 total) »

Cast

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John Marley ... Charles Brooks
Lynn Carlin ... Christine Brooks
Richard Backus ... Andy Brooks
Henderson Forsythe ... Dr. Philip Allman
Anya Ormsby ... Cathy Brooks

Jane Daly ... Joanne
Michael Mazes ... Bob
Arthur Anderson ... Postman
Arthur Bradley ... George, Army Captain
David Gawlikowski ... Truck Driver
Virginia Cortez ... Rosalie, diner waitress
Bud Hoey ... Ed, diner cook
Robert R. Cannon ... Drunk in diner
Raymond Michel ... Policeman in Diner
Jeff Becker ... Young Boy
Scott Becker ... Young Boy
Greg Wells ... Young Boy
Kevin Schweizer ... Young Boy
Jeff Gillen ... Bartender
Alan Ormsby ... Bystander
Mal Jones ... Sheriff
Edward Anderson ... Deputy
George De Vries ... 1st TV Announcer
Bob Noble ... 2nd TV Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bonney ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)

Bob Clark ... Officer Ted (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bob Clark 
 
Writing credits
Alan Ormsby (written by)

Produced by
Bob Clark .... producer
Gerald Flint-Shipman .... executive producer
Peter James .... producer
Geoffrey Nethercott .... executive producer
John Trent .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carl Zittrer 
 
Cinematography by
Jack McGowan 
 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sinclair 
 
Casting by
Jessica Levy 
 
Art Direction by
Forest Carpenter 
 
Set Decoration by
Albert Fisher 
 
Costume Design by
Dyke Davis 
 
Makeup Department
Alan Ormsby .... makeup effects
Tom Savini .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
John 'Bud' Cardos .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Gillen .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ralph Weir .... props
 
Sound Department
Jim Clark .... assistant sound
Gary Goch .... sound
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Tom Savini .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Randy Franken .... camera operator
John McGowan .... assistant camera
Michael McGowan .... camera operator: second unit
Don Piel .... assistant camera: second unit
 
Other crew
Jamie Chastain .... production assistant
Winton Churchill .... video production assistant
Rodger Kobzina .... video production assistant
George Livingston .... video production assistant
Sandra Marley .... script supervisor (as Sandra L. Ulosevich)
Bill Vergis .... animal owner and trainer: "Butch"
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Deathdream" - USA (reissue title)
"Whispers" - USA (reissue title)
"Deathdream" - Belgium (English title) (video box title)
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Runtime:
88 min | Belgium:98 min (video version)
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Australia:M (2005 re-rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG | West Germany:18

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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
superior horror/shock film from talented cult director Bob Clark, 15 April 2005
Author: tristanb-1 from kansas City

Excellent spooky variation on "Monkey's Paw" really plays on deep emotions in a crude (but effective) manner.

Low-budget, but fast-moving and scary. This is one of my favorites.

A distraught mother "wishes" her deceased Vietnam soldier-boy son home only to discover he isn't quite who he was when he left.

Many different horror archetypes (zombies, vampirism, cannibalism) are touched on without being confirmed, which makes the film that much more effective.

The film is also a sharp and dark commentary on the state of the returning GI. Andy sits for hours in his dazed "zombie-like" state and stares at the walls. He becomes violent and acts irrational. Many symptoms of post-traumatic shock syndrome.

Written by Alan Ormsby, who also collaborated with Clark on "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" and would later go on to pen Paul Schrader's remake of "Cat People".

If you're looking for another solid Bob Clark spook-fest, check out "Black Christmas" (which bears an eerie similarity to the original "Halloween", though it predates it by several years!!) before "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things".

Many have commented on the *shocker* ending. If you are expecting something along the lines of the original "Carrie" - something to make you jump out of your seat - you will be disappointed.

The ending is more dour and stunning. I didn't see it coming, but it made perfect sense in line with everything that had happened. It's the kind of ending that a film would never have now. It's simply too honest. One of the better horror endings I've seen, actually.

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